Best tool for flattening a 20 inch log?

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Micah Muzny

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06-06-2014 11:03 PM

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I free hand ripped a log about 20 inches in diameter and about 4 foot long to make a bench out of. What is the best power tool (or hand tool is fine too) to flatten it and get rid of chain saw marks. I would say the deepest chainsaw mark is 1/2 deep maybe a little less. I didn’t know if a Hand plane, or a hand held electric planer, or router, belt sander, or what would be the best/easiest and most efficient way to get it flat. I have a belt sander and a router, but if I can find a good excuse to buy another tool that will be ok with me. :)

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#1 posted 06-06-2014 11:36 PM

HF item #95838 for $41.25 using a 25% off coupon. I have 2 of these. They work really well. I used one of them for that exact purpose. You will love it!

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 11:44 PM

Always a good excuse to build a bandsaw mill.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 12:40 AM

I rough dress / flatten slabs with winding sticks and a power planer. Plane 45 to the grain the length of the slab. Come back the opposite 45 from the other end. Check your work with the sticks in different positions.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 12:43 AM

Electric handheld planer.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 06-07-2014 12:46 AM

Handheld electric planer is how I do it.

I’ve wanted to try an adze.

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#6 posted 06-07-2014 01:43 AM

Hand held planer then hand held belt sander. I had to do this on a hedge slab. I recommend you do it outside, it makes quite a mess.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 06-07-2014 03:00 AM

Yo Russell, wutza hedge slab?

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#8 posted 06-07-2014 03:03 AM

It’s the second hardest wood in north america. Don’t you have those big green hedge apples where you live, well that tree is hard as a rock.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#9 posted 06-07-2014 03:14 AM

Adze, of course. If you are really into that sort of thing, get a broadaxe, the ones with the wide edge, and a handle the sticks out to the side to allow your sweating hands clearence.

Just ask Roy Underhill, about how that is done.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 06-07-2014 03:16 AM

Hewing axe first, then an Adze, then a jack plane if that’s not clean enough. I just got my hewing axe a few weeks ago, I need to put a proper handle on it and get some practice.

-- Nicholas

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#11 posted 06-07-2014 04:49 AM

If I had power I’d use this. Not many power planes are up to real timber work, but the old Skill 100 is.

If not (and if it was twenty years ago) I’d use these.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 06-07-2014 01:30 PM

Makita KP312, pricey but huge capacity.

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